Fear. Man, fear means business. I know about the quote about that “the greatest fear is fear itself,” and that it’s meant to downplay the power of fear. But boy, fear can do some major damage in preventing us from leading well and enjoying our lives. I’ve learned some things about Jesus and dealing with fear of late, that I believe will help us all reduce the destructive power of fear in our lives.

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One of the greatest questions to wrestle to the ground is: why am I here? Aristotle’s mentor put it this way: “To what end are you in the world?” When our purpose is clarified, and then molded into a compelling vision, we have done some major work; work that can propel us into living a life that we enjoy as much as we can, and that matters as well.

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While relaxing on the steps of a building on Harvard’s campus (on our family vacation), I had a few moments to reflect. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon, and my gracious wife was keeping our younger kids entertained so I could have some time to be still. As I soaked in the beauty of the campus, and imagined all the amazing thoughts that have been thought there, I felt God’s pleasure sneak in as I thought about how much I loved thinking and ideas. It felt so good. That unexpected experience raised a really important question: when do you feel God’s pleasure?

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One of the more destructive foes I encounter in my coaching and clinical work is self-criticalness. This nasty guy comes in and drains, diminishes and even immobilizes often without leaving a trace. Learning to recognize it and defeat it is critical to growing and flourishing.

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